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 Post subject: the same old but new wheels
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 6:17 pm 
Hi, everyone. it's nice to finally found a community of japanese retro car.

i saw some of those pictures in the gallery, there are some old style wheels, but the finishes looks brand new and the lips so deep; is it new?

i would like to ask everyone here on where to find or order a brand new old wheels like the BBS RS, the Enkei (don't know the series, but you all know) etc.

by the way, i drive a 1972 Mazda RX4, any help on info about stores/website that sold their parts would be a great help!

thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: the same old but new wheels
PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 6:22 pm 
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dzsuperboy wrote:
i would like to ask everyone here on where to find or order a brand new old wheels like the BBS RS, the Enkei (don't know the series, but you all know) etc.


There are wheel companies all over the world that offer refinishing services to make those old wheel look new. :tu: :mrgreen:

Or you could tackle refinishing yourself? Done that myself many times.

My last set...

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 7:25 am 
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Are those Western Wheels, Rikens or Southern Ways?

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 5:52 pm 
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KresSlyda180 wrote:
Are those Western Wheels, Rikens or Southern Ways?


None of the above. :wink:

Epsilons...


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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 9:19 am 
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DOH.. I should've known. :?


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damn those meshies look gorgeous bro!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 10:44 pm 
yeah, i've done that a couple of times myself!
but, i was asking about those minus offsets rims, you know, the super wide and deep lips..
are those new, or were they produced "in the old days"??


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:39 am 
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dzsuperboy wrote:
but, i was asking about those minus offsets rims, you know, the super wide and deep lips..
are those new, or were they produced "in the old days"??


Well, the answer is "both". :P

You can still get Watanabe's new, and in very deep widths and negative offsets.

And there are lots of companies making replicas out there.


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 1:37 am 
wow, can you tell me some websites where i can order those kind of wheels?? thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:51 pm 
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takumiproject.com sells hayashi sport and watanabe wheels, but expect a high price tag. Any SSR dealer can get the mkI, mkII, and mkIII wheels, and Reverse Mesh still, also expect a super high price tag. On occasion rbwheels.com get's some nice older wheels, but they mostly deal in big bippu bling. Their wheels are used, but for a fee they can professionally restore any wheel to perfection.

If you aren't a purist, and don't mind having the same thing everyone else has, you can always get one of the recent wave of knockoff's. Konig has the rewind (watanabe rip) and the bbomb (mkIII rip). XXR (go figure) has a panasport rip, and the 002 is a rip of a rare and little known watanabe design from the mid '80s. XXR has a ton of older designs in low offsets, and they seem to have a new one every 6 months or so. Axis has the "OG" series of wheels, the Banzai (Hayashi sport rip) come in 15x8 and staggered 17", and they have a ssr reverse mesh rip now too that looks pretty nice, along with about 3 different other rips of older wheels too. You can try rota too, but the only old skool style wheel they have really is their watanabe style wheel that only comes in 13" 4x100. They do have a te37 knockoff (the Grid) but that's not very old skool.

Craigslist is a great site for finding dealz too! I find bargains all the time :D. You can't be afraid to get dirty and do a little resto work yourself though when you buy wheels this way.

Here's some examples:

- I bought these about 2 months ago for $100:
15x8 -20 boyd coddington star1
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- I bought these about 6 months ago for $100 also:
16x8 +10 Ultra Mesh (BBS style)
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And I bought these for $50 last year off an s130 at the junkyard. I dont have a before shot, sorry.
15x7 +0 Enkei 92's
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The wheels on the gold s13 in the background came off my brother's 510, I gave him $120 for them :D. They were 15x8 +20, also very dirty and pitted when I got them.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:55 pm 
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shane-lxi, how do you get your wheels so shiny?
I have SSR Formula Meshes, but I can't get it to shine like yours - especially near the area where the bolt, mesh and barrel meet.
I even removed the bolts at one point. What was your method of polishing them?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:58 am 
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The wheels will have to come apart, if they are really bad, you'll need to wet sand with a very very fine grit, then I use mother's aluminum polish paste (in a can) I usually go over each wheel by hand with a rag about 3 times (thats coating in polish until it turns black, then wiping clean and repeating) then I use a mother's "powerball" on a drill for a final go around on the wheel. This pretty much get's them shiny. Then dont forget to keep them clean!! High polish wheels are high maintenence.

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shane_lxi wrote:
You can try rota too, but the only old skool style wheel they have really is their watanabe style wheel that only comes in 13" 4x100.


If you mean the Rota RB, it comes in 13", 15", 16", and 17" in a wide variety of widths, offsets, and bolt patterns. You can get an RB for almost any 4-lug car ever made, and even some 5-lugs. :tu:

http://www.rotawheels.com/wheels.asp?wheelid=34

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They also make the new RB-R which is a very deep lip version of this wheel.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:36 pm 
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^ sick. I had no idea they made other sizes!

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I think they recently started making the rota rb in tons more sizes. The biggest is a 17x9.5 -19.


As for new old school wheels, work still makes the equip 01 and 03, and are usually a little cheaper than watanabe's or ssr's.


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As for new old school wheels, work still makes the equip 01 and 03, and are usually a little cheaper than watanabe's or ssr's.


Any idea what is the best place to get them?


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not sure about the best, but any work dealer should be able to get them.


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Was kinda hoping you knew of a Work dealer... :wink:

I'll see what I can find...


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I think Macken Industries is the US Work dealer, give them a try. They've been the Wedsport/ssr/volk importer for years.

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